Aces respond to challenge

Tiahna Leader hits a forehand winner at last December's national junior tournament in Bendigo. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

Tiahna Leader hits a forehand winner at last December's national junior tournament in Bendigo. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

LOTS of volleys, smashes and lobs were played on Bendigo's courts in Sunday's third round of the northern squads challenge.

Tennis aces from across central and northern Victoria took to the hardcourts at the Bendigo Bank tennis complex in Nolan Street.

BTA executive officer Leon Retallick said the challenge drew 113 players.

"There were a couple of scratchings because of illness or injury," Retallick said. "Overall it was another great day of tennis."

Shepparton was to the fore across many age groups, while young guns from Bendigo and Rich River figured in the placings.

The placegetters from Bendigo were Tiahna Leader, 1st 12-girls A; Polly Barnett, 1st 14-girls A; Hudson Symons, 1st 12-boys B; Jayden Blencowe, 2nd 18-boys; Jack Duckett, 2nd 16-boys B; Katie McKellar, 2nd 14-16 girls B; and Willow Barnett, 3rd 10-girls.

Woodend's Emily Holgate, who is with the BTA squad, won the 16-18 girls title. 

Other clubs to feature in the placings were Shepparton, Rich River and Kyabram, 

Round four in the northern squad challenge will be played in Bendigo next month.

The finale to this season's challenge will be in September.

The Bendigo Tennis Association is gearing up for the Bendigo Platinum AMT tournament to be played on the Nolan Street courts from August 31 to September 4.

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